Chairman of the Board
Mr. Nussbaum, 54, is the Founder and Chairman of EarlyBirdCapital, Inc., a boutique investment bank in New York City. Mr. Nussbaum has over two decades of experience in the securities sector, particularly in the emerging-growth arena, which continues to be his primary focus today. Mr. Nussbaum was the innovative force behind the creation of the Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. (“SPAC”) financing product.
During the 1990s. Mr. Nussbaum’s firm served as lead underwriter for 13 SPAC Initial Public Offerings (“IPOs”). He re-introduced the SPAC vehicle in 2003 and has acted as lead or co-manager in over 40 SPAC IPOs during the past 5 years. Moreover, Mr. Nussbaum has been actively involved in the successful consummation of over 30 SPAC mergers with operating companies.
Mr. Nussbaum began his career as an associate with Rosenman & Colin where he practiced corporate and securities law. In 1984, seeing the need for a quality boutique that would advise and finance small firms, he started GKN Securities, a broker-dealer. When he left to launch EarlyBirdCapital in 2000, GKN had six offices, 500 employees and had originated more than 100 financings for early stage companies.
A member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Mr. Nussbaum served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Investment Bankers Association and is a frequent speaker at industry forums. Mr. Nussbaum earned his BA degree from the University of Michigan in 1976, graduating with honors, and his JD degree from New York University Law School in 1980, graduating magna cum laude with Order of the Coif